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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Accepting or Adopting a Private Sewer in the Right-of-Way

Download the acceptance/adoption application. Only residential properties are eligible.

Once you receive city notice that you have a private sewer line in the right-of-way, you have one year to apply with the city to accept or adopt your private sewer line.

Residential Sewer Line Acceptance

If the City of Portland accepts your private residential sewer line, it means the city will assume ownership of your private line and you will not have to pay a city branch charge if the private sewer is in good condition and meets all acceptance criteria.

Residential Sewer Line Adoption

If your private sewer line does not meet all the acceptance criteria, the city may adopt your private sewer line. In this case, the city will assume responsibility for the line but require you to pay a branch charge.

Acceptance/Adoption Application

  • Environmental Services staff must evaluate your private sewer line to determine if the city will accept or adopt it.
  • Only residential properties are eligible.
  • To request an evalution, download an application form and returned the completed application and a DVD* copy of your sewer scope. Staff may also request other materials and information.
  • Environmental Services staff will evaluate all application materials. Once the evaluation is completed, staff will advise you of any other steps you need to complete in the acceptance or adoption process.

Encroachment Permits 

If you own a private sewer in the public right-of-way, and have decided not to allow the city to take ownership of your private sewer line, or the line does not meet adoption criteria, you will need to obtain a Revocable Permit to use Dedicated Street Area (also known as an encroachment permit) from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.


*DVD copies cannot be returned.